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Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails

Planning and conservation    Natural areas, parks and trails    Planning parks and trails    Regional trails and greenways    Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails

A committee of civic, business and elected leaders gathered at Metro to think big about regional trails. Read their recommendations for investing in and planning our transportation systems to maximize mobility, livability and community.

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Implemementing recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails, the new partnership is working to help secure funding to complete a regionwide pedestrian and bike network... More

The case for new thinking about transportation infrastructure

Our region needs new ideas to meet our transportation infrastructure needs. The integrated mobility strategy that the Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails recommended to the Metro Council – and the region – is an exciting and powerful new idea that addresses congestion, climate change, fuel costs and the current lack of funding for traditional transportation projects.

Relatively small investments in trails and other connections for bikes and pedestrians could put us on a path to a new kind of transportation network that is earth and community friendly – and that is financially feasible.

Review the case statement the committee presented to the Metro Council in November 2008 and learn more about the next steps this group of leaders has recommended for the region below. Download the case statement

Committee charge from the Metro Council 

  • Evaluate the regional trails system and its benefits.
  • Determine if the current level of investment in regional trails is commensurate with expected benefits.
  • Identify important regional values in developing the system.
  • Propose funding and policy changes necessary to achieve the regional system.

Committee members

Download committee member biographies (40K Adobe Acrobat PDF)

Meeting agendas, materials and minutes

The Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails met for six months from May through October 2008.  Download meeting agendas, materials and minutes below.

May 5, 2008

June 2, 2008

July 7, 2008

Aug. 4, 2008

Sept. 15, 2008

Nov. 10, 2008

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